Unpublished 9/11 Ground Zero Photos

““I’d been standing directly beneath the north tower when it collapsed. That I survived seems almost miraculous. I was inside that massive cloud of smoke and dust, suffocating and blinded. I kept moving and eventually saw light emanating in the distance.”

I remember how shocking it was watching the towers fall on television in the school library (this will be my only “durr hurr where I was on 9/11” mention) and can only imagine how mentally and emotionally crippling it would have been to be standing right there. In one of the photos Nachtwey mentions how the firefighters “clicked into a kind of professional default and did what they knew how to do.” That he was able to take such well composed and memorable photographs at the scene indicates that he has a “professional default” too, and that it’s pretty darned good.

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“No Apparent Esthetic Value”

Original Story: http://www.lbpost.com/life/greggory/12188

If not for Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell’s follow up comments there probably wouldn’t be a story here. Guy takes pictures of oil refinery, police officer asks what he’s doing, end of story. But then there’s this policy of “report[ing]…. [people taking pictures or video] with no apparent esthetic value.” First, I’m uncomfortable with any policy with that much vagueness and wiggle room, especially where speech is involved. Second, I immediately doubt the aesthetic judgment of someone who chooses “esthetic” over “aesthetic.” I mean, come on.